Justine ShawDr. Justine Shaw

University of Queensland

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Justine is a terrestrial ecologist who has been working in the sub-Antarctic for 20 years. Her research focuses on the biogeography of terrestrial plants and invertebrates, and the conservation of these island ecosystems and the Antarctic continent. She has surveyed plants and invertebrates in the field on South Georgia, Heard, Macquarie, Marion and Prince Edward Island. In recent years she has investigated the impacts of non-native species on these ecosystems, how best to mitigate their entrainment and the development of decision making tools around their eradication. She is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science at The University of Queensland. Justine currently supervises several PhD and honours student and holds several research grants investigating ecosystem recovery following vertebrate pest eradications in the sub-Antarctic. Her research has had direct uptake into policy and she has regular contact with state and federal government decision-makers and at an international level through the Antarctic Treaty System.


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Shaw JD, Spear D, Greve M, and Chown SL (2010) Taxonomic homogenization and differentiation across Southern Ocean Islands differ among insects and vascular plants. Journal of Biogeography, 37: 217–228. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2699.2009.02204.x

Houghton M, McQuillan PB, Bergstrom DM, Frost L, van den Hoff J, and Shaw JD (2014) Pathways of alien invertebrate transfer to the Antarctic region. Polar Biology, 39: 23-33. DOI: 10.1007/s00300-014-1599-2

Shaw JD, Terauds A, Riddle M, Possingham HP, and Chown SL (2014) Antarctic protected areas are inadequate, unrepresentative and at risk. PLoS Biology, 12 (6) e1001888. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1001888 

Bennett JR, Shaw JD, Terauds A, Smol JP, Aerts R, Bergstrom D, Blais JM, Cheung WWL, Chown SL, Lea M-A, Nielsen UN, Pauly D, Reimer KJ, Riddle MJ, Snape I, Stark JS, Tulloch VJ, and Possingham HP (2015) Polar lessons learned: informing long-term management based on shared threats in Arctic and Antarctic environments. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 13: 316–324. DOI: 10.1890/140315

Shaw JD (2014) Southern Ocean Islands Invaded: Conserving Biodiversity in the World’s Last Wilderness In: Plant invasions in protected areas: patterns, problems and challenges. Foxcroft LC, Pyšek P, Richardson DM, and Genovesi P (eds). Springer, London, pp. 449-470. DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-7750-7_20